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God and Science: Coming Full Circle? [Kindle Edition]

James Molben
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Book Description

Atheist scholars contend that science continuously reveals religious beliefs to be "the hideous fantasies of a prior age" (as author Sam Harris put it). However, science may actually be closer to suggesting just the opposite. Modern science suggests that extra dimensions of space and perhaps even whole parallel universes exist, that the fundamental building blocks of our 'reality' don't have real physical properties until they are observed, and that events on Earth can be influenced instantaneously by events deep in the cosmos. Many noted physicists (including Nobel Prize winners and even the father of quantum physics, Max Planck) concluded that matter depends upon the conscious mind for its existence. Indeed, not only is science incapable of disproving God, it reveals that refutation of the possibility of God is the naïve perspective. Moreover, it seems quite likely that God intends for us to employ science in order to glean at least a glimpse of what lies beyond our immediate universe.

Table of Contents:
1 God and Science: Coming Full Circle?
2 Atheism and the War between Science and Religion
3 Extra Dimensions and the Megaverse
4 Curved Space and Enveloped Dimensions
5 The Nature of Time
6 The Truly Bizarre: Quantum Mechanics I
7 Quantum Mechanics II: Even More Bizarre
8 Consciousness and Quantum Mechanics
9 Consciousness in Higher Dimensional Space
10 The Evolution of Spirituality?
11 God's Grand Plan I: The Abundance of Life
12 God's Grand Plan II: The Scarcity of Life
13 God's Grand Plan III: The Role of Science
14 Epilogue and Conclusions
i. Suggested Further Reading
ii. Endnotes

NOTE: This book is a revision of the previously entitled 'Atheism: Trendy, Chic and Scientifically Misguided'

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  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460948858
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  • Language: English
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I tend to read in threes, and read this book together with Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief and The Beginning of All Things: Science and Religion. The three books complement each other very nicely, and if you can afford the time and money, all three are recommended. Of the three, this is the six plus, with the other two being solid fives, but with the added comment that Questions of Truth is easily the second recommended book, and for the more general audience, while Beginning of All Things is more of a graduate review. It must be said that John Polkinghorne and Hans Kung are Nobel-level pioneers on this topic, and hence I must emphasize that while their intellects and total published contributions in the aggregate are six plus in every way, in this instance, this particular book by James Molben won by a solid head and neck.

The discussion of science and religion as NOT being in conflict, and as both being complementary and both sharing a focus on finding the truth, has been given recent impetus by Pope Benedict XVI, who has appointed a Protestant to head the Science Academy of the Catholic Church; sponsored an inter-faith summit at Assisi in October 2011 that we hope will focus on the reality that secular corruption and indemnification from the truth are what create war and poverty; and made direct statements to the effect that there is no conflict religion and science, and both strive toward the same end, the truth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Thought Provoking March 24, 2011
By Planck
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This is a very engaging read - I sat down intending to just read just the Introduction (for now) but ended up spending a couple of hours reading the whole book. This brings me to main drawback of the book: it is a very succinct summary that covers a lot of ground quickly. While I found myself wishing that the author went into more depth at times, to be fair he does state in the Introduction that his intention is to keep the book a short light read that introduces these topics and points the intrigued reader to more in-depth treatments. I admit he does accomplish this goal.

The author's central argument is that the frontiers of science are revealing that the fundamental nature of `reality' is so strange, that we can conceive of something very god-like having a physical basis (although extending into extra dimensions of space that we cannot perceive). He does not contend that this is the true nature of God, just that if we can scientifically conceive of something physical with god-like powers (I guess something like the Q on Star Trek!) then it is naive to refute the possibility of a God.

The author draws from multiple scientific disciplines, but most heavily from quantum physics. Some `New-Agey' books have taken the strange findings from quantum physics and twisted them to support some silly junk. I could quibble with a couple of this author's descriptions, but I think for the most part he does a very good job of presenting the strange side of science without overindulging on the interpretations.

There are a few other things I really liked about this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bang for the buck June 20, 2014
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I purchased this book at the recommendation of an individual that I respect. The book greatly exceeded my expectations. Having read a number of books of this genre, my opinion is that it compares favorably with the best of what I have read. For anyone interested in understanding the intellectual and scientific challenges related to understanding the nature of the universe, this book is a must. Since the writing is somewhat advanced, individuals with limited educational backgrounds and/or intellect might find the book too challenging to appreciate to the extent it deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very profound December 31, 2013
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This is a very well written book, easily read and easy to comprehend. The author is very knowledgeable and transmits it in a very easy to follow writing.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who is James F. Molben phd ? August 14, 2011
By Ron S.
I have read this book. You would think someone with a phd could edit his own work. It does deserve discussion. As a christian I agree with most of the ideas he is puting out there.

With that being said I have done a national public records search and have found no public records for James F. Molben.

Has anyone ever met him? Is he a real person or is this a book written by a layman who wants us to believe he has a phd?

I did enjoy the book and the ideas, but I find it hard to believe that there is a phd out there somewhere teaching, doing research, writing books, renting or owning a home, paying bills, paying taxes, etc.... and there are no public records for him.

If he is not a real phd and not a "scholor" but passing himself off as one with a fake name and degree, than he is doing more harm than good.
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